Sep 19, 2001
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by David Swarts
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First-year CRA Expert racer Tyson Burger, 26, was killed in a racing accident at Brainerd International Speedway in Brainerd, Minnesota on Saturday, September 15, 2001. Burger crashed his Suzuki SV650 in a three-bike pile-up in Turn One on the first lap of the Super Twins race. According to CRA President Eddie Karow, Burger was pronounced Dead On Arrival at the local hospital with spinal cord injuries. Karow told Roadracing World Tuesday, September 18 that the two other riders involved in the accident suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
"This was our last event of the year," said an emotionally drained Karow. "Everyone wanted to go out on a good note. Unfortunately, we lost Tyson."
Tyson Burger was from Cross Lake, Minnesota and is survived by his mother Rev. Gail Stangret-Burger, fiance Heather Buntje, and a six-week-old son Ghage. A memorial service for Burger was held on Tuesday, September 18 at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, Minnesota. Funeral services for Burger were held today, September 19 at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia, Minnesota.